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I have two Seagate external drives but I dont' know how to set them up to do what I bought them for. 1. I want that plugged into my hub for my lap top all the time so it backs up automatically at least once per week. 2. My small external (palm size) I want to store photos, family tree data and paper packages from CM on and just get them from there as needed. Not working like this at all.

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Hello,
You have number of options to implement this backup setup. If you are not interested in archived backup that you can't access without Restore option, then easiest solution is to use free Microsoft program SyncToy. SyncToy allows to copy, sync or echo files between folders. Setup is very easy and you need create pairs of folders for example pictures folder(s) on your laptop can be paired with pictures folder(s) on your new external drives. After you setup all needed folder pairs you can run backup manually.
To implement scheduled backup you will need to use another Microsoft Task Scheduler. you can find all the details in this blog

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